Wednesday, January 5, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - MY BLOOD APPROVES by AMANDA HOCKING - BOOK # 1 MY BLOOD APPROVES SERIES

By : Amanda Hocking
Published By : Self Published at Smashwords
Released : Available Now
Details : Smashwords Ebook , 174 Pages

RATING 4.5 STARS !!!!!!

Teenager Alice Bonham's life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he's unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood.

BOOK REVIEW:

I stumbled across author Amanda Hocking and simply put, WOW!! I was addicted from start to well almost finish as there are 5 books in the MBA - My Blood Approves series and only 4 have been written.

I started reading the , 'Trylle Trilogy' first. Amanda's 2nd series and  I fell in love with her writing. Her ability to fill her books with so much. Her characters are meaningful to the storyline and interesting.

MBA series I have read all 4 books currently in the series, My Blood Approves # 1, Fate # 2, Flutter #3, Wisdom # 4. The book covers do not do the stories justice. I'm not saying they are bad covers, but some people judge a book by its cover and well.... I love when titles are meaningful to the story and these are.

CHARACTERS:

ALICE :  17 yr old female lead who is a little lost in this book. She has her bff Jane , who is always out for a good time, maybe too much of a good time. Alice kinda tags along with Jane whether it's a good idea or not.
MILO : Alice's 15 1/2 yr old brother who is the nurturing , protective, always worrying about Alice, studious, younger brother that acts older in some ways than Alice. He is the family cook and makes sure the chores get done.
ANNA : Alice's mum likes a drink and works long hours on the graveyard shift, leaving Alice to her own devices. School work not a high priority.
JACK : 24 Yr old guy who has a penchant for interesting T-shirts and Dickies shorts ( I had to google those darn shorts as he wears only that brand just to see what they looked like...lol!!) and converse shoes. Wiry, beach bum tan, blue gray eyes.
MAE : 28 yrs old , the mothering type with the British accent, who Jack lives with.
EZRA : 26 yrs old and married to Mae and has a Lamborghini Gallardo. ( Niiicccceee:D )
PETER: 19 yrs old, grumpy bro of Jack's , in an unconventional way.
MATILDA : White , Great Pyrenees dog. ( must Google the breed, I gather she is a huge dog).

Jane and Alice get themselves in a pickle at the start of this book,  enter Jack with screeching tyres to save the day. From the very first page, Amanda had me smiling at Jack, a great guy who is very thoughtful taking Alice under his wing. They just clicked.

Amanda spends a bit of time setting up the story for MBA, keep reading!!! The POW's ( didn't see that coming) the twists are amazing once the story starts to unfold ..........and then things with a certain character get complicated.

I am holding my tongue and it's very , very difficult not to review and spoil , as sooooo much happens within these books. You are not left with unanswered questions. Amanda is wonderful keeping the books in the series growing and moving along at a great pace everything she writes weaves in nicely throughout her series.

I am a bit of a Team Peter fan...now I think most would be Team Jack, but...I can't help feeling for Peter. I looovvve Jack , but there's something about Peter that I can't ignore in this series. I can't wait to read about him in this series ( I'm like..where's Peter, I want Peter... * stamps foot* lol!!).

Oh,  I just want to say what I want to say but I can't :(  
I don't want to spoil. you'll just have to read. I got soooo addicted to this series that I devoured all 4 books in 4 days. To give you an idea how popular Amanda has gotten with her writing, alone she sold 99,000!!!!  books in December 2010 alone!!! click on link to her blog page  http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/  scroll down to her Thursday 30th December posting.   I can see how she did it her stories are wonderful. I have passed the word onto all my book buddies. You've got to appreciate she is a self published author and is becoming a bit of a superstar in the self published world, there is hope for all you budding self published writers.

I love how Amanda includes music, movie references throughout her books that I am proud to say I understood. Bit of 80's , bit of modern, bit of oldies but goodies. When her characters are texting each other she uses Bold print rather than Italics that can be hard on the eyes , especially sitting at the computer until the wee hours reading. The bold print made it easy to distinguish the difference. She does have a few vocab errors in her writing that flows through all her books I have read so far. This could simply be fixed. I'm a reader who likes to be challenged by a story, have theories when I read and read about characters that have layers , are deeper than first thought. I think Amanda does this very well.

Anyhoo, enough from me....what are you waiting for..go grab yourself a copy:D

FAVE QUOTES:

My brother Milo was a studious little bastard though, and he'd probably been in bed before midnight and up before nine.
When I made it out to the living room, I found him sitting at the computer, probably researching a paper for school even though we were on Spring Break. He was a Sophomore in high school and had the social life of a toddler.

Milo cowered behind her, muttering things about how she needed to keep it down or Mom would completely freak out. Whenever Jane was around, he acted like a puppy about to pee on the floor, and it drove me nuts.



Michelle

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